- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh City Council is seeking to restrict the flight of drones and other aerial activities from city parks and playgrounds due to growing privacy and safety concerns.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1OnKby5 ) legislation proposed Wednesday would ban the remote-controlled aircrafts along with skydiving and other “airborne movement of persons” from city park airspace.

Pittsburgh Citiparks Director Jim Griffin says a ranger stopped someone from gliding with a parachute at Schenley Park several months back.

Councilman Dan Gilman says he’s received numerous complaints from residents about drones snapping photos of their homes.

Griffin says the incidents are a public nuisance and create safety hazards.

Mayor Bill Peduto says drones are dangerous because they could interfere with low-flying emergency medical helicopters.

A preliminary vote on the legislation will be held next week.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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